• This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Water Detection Devices: The Best Choices For You

We all live and work in buildings with smoke detectors, but Californians haven’t adopted innovative new technology: water detection devices that warn about water damage from leaks or pipes.

Western homes are much more likely to be damaged by water than by fire, but only a fraction have installed devices that detect problems with water.

It’s easier than ever to protect your home from costly damage. There’s a water detection device suited to every home. Here are some of the key differences between the devices on the market today, and who may be a good fit for each.


Individual Water Sensors

For: Those living in an apartment or condo

Benefits: Less expensive and easy to install

Limitations: Each device monitors only a small area and there is no shut-off feature

What It Does: These sensors can warn you with an alarm, a message to your smartphone or both. They are a great option for dwellings with fewer areas at risk.


Do-It-Yourself Whole-Home Devices

For: Renters in single-family homes and price-conscious consumers

Benefits: Flexible installation and less expensive than professionally-installed devices

Limitations: No shut-off feature, and may require a power outlet

What It Does: These devices are self-installed and attach to your main water supply line to monitor the flow of water using ultrasonic sound. They will send a message to your smartphone if a leak is detected.


Automatic Shut-Off Devices

For: Owners of single-family residences

Benefits: Comprehensive monitoring, and automatic shut-off feature can limit damage

Limitations: More expensive, complex installation, requires a power outlet

What It Does: These devices are professionally installed and attach to your main water supply line. Not only will they alert you to a leak, they can automatically turn off you water when one occurs.


Be prepared. You can follow these suggestions and still suffer water damage. Make sure your homeowners or renters insurance covers you when a water disaster strikes your home.

Contact me. If you have any questions, or would like to explore insurance solutions, please call (530) 661-0666 or email me at


Content provided by Safeco Insurance



Andrea Romo

Sales Associate | Woodland